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Jury acquits man charged over hold-up at city shop

By Ashleigh McDonald

Published 09/06/2016

A 39-year-old man charged  with being involved in an armed robbery in east Belfast has been acquitted by a jury
A 39-year-old man charged  with being involved in an armed robbery in east Belfast has been acquitted by a jury

A 39-year-old man charged with being involved in an armed robbery in east Belfast has been acquitted by a jury.

Wayne Boyd, from Gleneagles Gardens in Dundonald, was accused of being one of two men who targeted the shop on the evening of October 14, 2014.

During the incident two men wearing balaclavas — one of whom brandished a gun or imitation weapon — entered the store on Ravenscroft Avenue and demanded money from the till.

A total of £600 in cash and £450 worth of cigarettes were stolen during the robbery, along with the owner’s iPhone, which had been charging behind the counter.

After the two raiders fled the store they were followed by the man they had just robbed.

He followed them to a car  parked on a nearby street, and he then gave a description of the car’s make, model and registration to the PSNI.

Boyd — who always denied being one of the two masked men — was stopped in his vehicle two days later.

While he told police his car may have been in the area around the time of the incident, he denied he had anything do with the robbery.

After less than half-an-hour deliberating, the jury at Belfast Crown Court returned with a unanimous ‘not guilty’ verdict.

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